SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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JT26: I really do struggle with the quality of the test shots on this site at times. The ones of the bearded chap are good but some of the others are just no help at all. I dont mean to moan but just wish more thought would go into what viewers want to see from a sample shot.

What I struggle with is the lack of imagination, logical understanding, and creative vision of critical users on this site. This is a press event with who knows how much time and how may people are wanting to get their hands on the lens. The photographer didn't set up the lighting. Furthermore, they are not processed by a professional. What people seem to be clamoring for and criticizing is not what DPR staff does for a living. There is a difference between a pro. reviewer and a pro. photographer. The latter would never pick up a new piece of equipment, shoot an event that they have no control over, and then upload unprocessed shots like this. But a reviewer should at events like this. I'm glad they put out these untouched clutch series for new equipment. If one can't imagine from the results what they could do with the equipment given good circumstances, good processing, and time, then it's their lack of creative vision that should be questioned.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 05:29 UTC
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ChuckTa: Looking over those images, it might be me, but there seems to be something lacking in those photos. The rendering of the images seems a bit flat for a full frame sensor. The contrast/microcontrast and color doesn't really standout either.

Post processing maybe? Shots out of camera without processing are pretty neutral and I think that is how test photos should be. Technically in focus and with a variety of subjects, but not processed and the artistic merit of the composition or lighting setup which some people seem to be expecting here isn't what press events facilitate.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 05:10 UTC
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bmwzimmer: Wow!!! Just googled canon 85mm 1.2 and those images look 50x nicer than this crap (not this len's fault)

pixelMario, but what is the point? If you google pictures from a lens with hundreds of thousands of shots to choose from and compare them to a hasty first go of a new lens at a press event, then the chances of seeing something in the Canon lens to rave about is highly likely. I think his point is that when this lens gets into the hands of great photographers and there is a body of images to peruse, then we can see what the lens is capable of.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 05:04 UTC
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Timbukto: Just can't get along with Sony colors as they seem to have the worst asian skin tones of any brand, and my family has asian skin. Guess that makes my buying decisions racist.

Technically however everything looks great (i.e. sensor, lens sharpness, no camera shakes, etc).

Every camera company has a signature. I had a Pentax I couldn't get along with even in RAW because of the colors. That's subjective. I could have developed profiles in lightroom to match what pleased me, but in the end I moved to Sony and am quite happy. The colors are better and developing takes less work without fiddling with profiles. But yeah, you can customize the color experience if you really wanted to, and sample pictures only show the default Sony profile. If another brand gives you the asian skin tones you like, no sense in doing the leg work to customize a profile unless you want what else Sony offers. There's also no sense in criticizing the colors or brand because this is highly subjective.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 04:57 UTC
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ZJ24: This is excellent, definitely needed for the A series FF cameras. But given the 24-70 F2.8 is 900 grams and the 70-200 F2.8 1500 grams, can we (finally) have the mirrorless devotees stop talking about how heavy a DSLR system is? Many benefits in both systems, you want 2.8 zooms, you pay a weight price in either.

Of course there are advantages to bulk/cost/and mirrors. Multi-card slots and battery power jump to mind. The points that vscd mentioned are valid strengths as well. But the original assertion was that because a couple of heavy high quality mirrorless lenses were released that mirrorless people should stop waxing on about compact size and weight is one sided. Choosing compact and light is an advantage no matter what heavy weights can be mounted and despite other advantages of DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 02:25 UTC
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (168 comments in total)
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Geodesiq: No integrated grip??? Not even a little bump like most of the other Pens and virtually every other camera??? How stupid. Sacrificing function for fashion.

It sounds like there is no room for both functionality as well as visual appeal here? Let's just imagine that these are not mutually exclusive. Photography can combine the artistic and technical acumen. Besides, if the added grip with QR is functional this is a moot point. A good grip does not have to be integrated to be functional; nor must it be ugly.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 02:20 UTC
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MFiftysomething: They played it safe with the design ...spot the difference; effective but not sexy!

The sensor sounds good but the 16:9 lcd and EVF, no touch screen or IBIS makes it look expensive

@papa natas, are you serious about your rude and insulting comments? Most of us are just bantering with the understand that words have multiple meanings and can be used figuratively. I have a whole other approach toward people who objectify women as objects. I have no problem with folks who personify objects which is what you brought up in the first place.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 02:14 UTC
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MFiftysomething: They played it safe with the design ...spot the difference; effective but not sexy!

The sensor sounds good but the 16:9 lcd and EVF, no touch screen or IBIS makes it look expensive

@papa natas Sure. The Hexar RF. ;) And with that as a reference, the new Pen F is getting pretty close to sexy.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 21:04 UTC
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ZJ24: This is excellent, definitely needed for the A series FF cameras. But given the 24-70 F2.8 is 900 grams and the 70-200 F2.8 1500 grams, can we (finally) have the mirrorless devotees stop talking about how heavy a DSLR system is? Many benefits in both systems, you want 2.8 zooms, you pay a weight price in either.

No. As an enthusiast of both DSLRs and mirrorless, it's nice to slim down when I want a very small and light bag. That there are heavy lenses for mirrorless is a moot point to the option of going small on a whim. I'm as much a fan of large legacy glass that I can throw on a gimbal head with either my mirrorless or DSLR. Here focus peaking & magnified focus aids help where as my DSLR battery size and optical viewfinder in a weighty body is nice for a longer wait. I don't think anyone however is saying that mirrorless is lighter, smaller, or less expensive in each and every situation with every combination--but that you can go significantly smaller and lighter when you want to.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 20:53 UTC
On article Readers' Choice Awards 2015: The winners (63 comments in total)
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Davud: For these top 3 cameras, only Olympus has a vast and mature lens lineup.
Sony has 3 maybe 4 decent lenses (all of them prime) and Nikon DX lenses are cheaply made and got less than desirable optics.
On the other hand Olympus Pro and some of the Panasonic lenses are solid and very hi-end in all the aspects.

And today we have new premium lenses announced. Yay! Competition is good all around.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 20:37 UTC
On article Readers' Choice Awards 2015: The winners (63 comments in total)
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Shifter: I wonder how many Sony cams will be on the sidelines of the Super Bowl?

Joe Ogiba, the Canon at 25th place with 8.6% of the votes is also probably not the body Canon photographers will choose to shoot the superbowl.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 14:01 UTC
On article Readers' Choice Awards 2015: The winners (63 comments in total)
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Shifter: I wonder how many Sony cams will be on the sidelines of the Super Bowl?

Oh, you mean we all were supposed to vote on the best camera of the year based on our plans to professionally shoot a single annual sporting event. Dang! I missed that memo.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 13:57 UTC
On article Readers' Choice Awards 2015: The winners (63 comments in total)
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Davud: For these top 3 cameras, only Olympus has a vast and mature lens lineup.
Sony has 3 maybe 4 decent lenses (all of them prime) and Nikon DX lenses are cheaply made and got less than desirable optics.
On the other hand Olympus Pro and some of the Panasonic lenses are solid and very hi-end in all the aspects.

It only really matters if you actually want to purchase a vast and mature lens lineup. The lenses you don't buy, don't really matter if you have the ones that work for you. I use Canon FD and Sony lenses on my A7 and FD, OM, and Zuiko lenses on Olympus. It all depends what you are looking for. Personally, I think I could be very happy with just a couple of Batis and Sony primes on an A7rii and a couple of zooms on a forthcoming E-M2, but it matters little (as does the lens lineup) if one can't afford to have it all--and few people can. Those that can may choose to buy the lenses they really want and the bodies that match them. Polycameraism. It ain't marriage.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 13:49 UTC
On article Readers' Choice Awards 2015: The winners (63 comments in total)
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ttran88: Recount!!! Canon 5D/S should have won!!!

A7Rii--36%
5D/S--8.6%
There, I recounted for you.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 05:14 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (616 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Great job Canon with this CFast lock-customers-in job.....

This is embarrassing in the 21st century.

Usually one comes out on top and the others fade away. Remember smart media, memory stick and xD cards? My bet is that SD cards continue to improve in speed so as to dominate these attempts to replace CF cards with a new standard. SD cards are up to 280mbps which can handle almost anything and the others are about 510mbps which doesn't mean they will reign victorious. The fasted spec. doesn't always win the battle. Compact Flash association backed XQD, but that's no guarantee. So even for the major corporations, I think it remains to be seen who will win. But my bet would be put on SD as opposed to either of the others.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 14:03 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (397 comments in total)
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photo perzon: I already have the PL7 and the VF4. Why do I need this one?

Who said anything about need?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 19:39 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1095 comments in total)

Color and tone appear realistic to me without appearing cooked. The new 20mp sensor looks good. The Retro styling appears to be done right rather than being a cheezy throwback or getting in the way of function. A very well coordinated design that I hope gives cues to the E-M1 successor.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 03:36 UTC as 137th comment
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (168 comments in total)
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Neodp: You know the thing is, it does very much look the part; but it's not for serious photography. Since not then it should not be priced so. What a waste. It's looks stunning and has the EVF placement very right; combined with overall looks.

It's an professional "escort" camera. All show and so fake. Misleading. Can't last; but your wallet will tell the tale.

You've got to be kidding or blindly biased Neodp. I shoot Sony A7 and M43 and yes, and have found M43 to hit way above it's sensor size. There is a 1.5 stop difference which seems less at times due to the size/weight of the system and the excellent 5-axis IS (best in the business). In addition, Olympus bodies tend to offer serious photographers a very high level of customization. Complaining about the price of quality optics and complaining that M43s isn't serious enough for serious photographers is contradictory. Olympus knows lenses and Panasonic has some gems. Of course, when I can afford an A7Rii, I'll enjoy the advantages of 42MP FF, but this PEN would make a great sidekick (and not only for when I'm feeling frivolous). The only think I can think of is that you are judging current FF cameras against M4/3rds from several generations ago.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (168 comments in total)
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io_bg: Looks great but it's too expensive for what it is.

The GX8 lists for $1444 and sells (at reputable dealers) for the same price that this PEN lists for. I expect the new PEN will sell for list price for a short time before we see the street price settle in. That's why I'm not an early adopter.

As far as features go there's little difference practically for still shooters. Only 4K for video would differentiate them functionally for videographers.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 21:04 UTC
On article The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F (168 comments in total)
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Sherlock74: More for JPEG shooters I believe. Lots of good stuff on there but pointless if only a RAW shooter. Looks great though.

"Elementary, my dear Watson. One only has to consider the front dial when shooting JPG or RAW+JPG which many do for cataloging or uploading to social media. While at first blush it's a moot point for those who only shoot RAW, Olympus has one of the most pleasing JPG engines in the industry, and it makes sense for them to provide access to this strength."

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
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